Nearly 3 years after the horrific abuse at Winterbourne View, the Learning Disability Census published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre in England shows quite clearly that the situation for people with a learning disability or autism who are inpatients in specialist units has not changed very much.
One shocking statistic taken from the findings shows that over
half of the individuals had been subject to at least one incident
involving self harm, an accident, physical assault, hands-on
restraint or seclusion during the 3 months prior to the census.
You can read the full report on the Health and Social Care
Information Centre website: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB14046.
The British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) has also
produced its own analysis of the data and this can be viewed on
their website: http://www.bild.org.uk/news-and-whats-on/newsindepth-rights/.
The LDAG sub-group 'Transforming care for people with a
learning disability and challenging behaviour' are currently
working with the Challenging Behaviour Community of
Practice on recommendations to improve the situation for
people with a learning disability here in Wales.